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Easy Pineapple Cheesecake Recipe

This easy pineapple cheesecake recipe is fast to put together and delicious! You’ll love how tasty this tropical pineapple cheesecake recipe is.

pineapple-cheesecakeI feel it’s time I came clean about something. Something already obvious, but previously unstated. It’s time I stated it loud and clear.

There is a big push out there in the food world for more foods that are fresh, homemade, organic, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I love fresh, organic, homemade foods, but there are plenty of people who either can’t afford it, don’t have access to it, or just plain don’t want to eat that way.

There is a trend toward food that are gourmet, with exotic produce and fascinating flavor combinations. Once again, I adore eating this way, but do I want to cook this way? Not so much. I suspect there are plenty of you who agree with me.

The reality is that there are a lot of working moms out there. Busy moms who are doing all they can to hold it together, and who desperately want to care for their families with fun desserts, homemade cookies for lunch boxes, and weekend snacks. This blog is literally created for those people. The people who want cookies and want them quick and easy. The people who don’t have the patience to make something complicated that requires 25 ingredients and 12 specialty tools they don’t own. The people who don’t have time to bake a cheesecake for 2 hours.

I got your back, busy moms. We’re in this together.

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This easy pineapple cheesecake is just one example of what I’m talking about. I bought a prepared graham cracker crust. Can I make my own crust? Sure. Do I want to? Not remotely. Store bought crusts are cheap, tend to be good quality, and will save you at least 20 minutes. Probably more, if you’re like me.

I used frozen whipped topping (a.k.a. Cool Whip) too. Do I prefer to eat real whipped cream? Yes I do. I really really really do. But a carton of the frozen stuff will save me a good 10 minutes of whipping.

I added some lemon jello mix. I was hoping the gelatin would give this pineapple cheesecake recipe at little substance, and help it hold it’s shape.  Also, the added flavor complements the pineapple, and gives color without my having to add food coloring.

The pineapple too, was designed to make this recipe an easy one. Fresh pineapple is delicious and I love it. It’s also a royal pain in the neck to slice, and you certainly cannot purchase just half of a fresh pineapple, and fresh pineapple just doesn’t keep.  I used the canned stuff. You can get it in bulk during the case lot sales at the grocery store, keep it on your shelf, and that way you can still eat well during the weeks that are a little lean.

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I should have timed myself making this easy cheesecake. I didn’t, partly because I was stopping to take photos of the process, but mostly because I flat out forgot about it.

Welcome to my life.

Here was my process: The night before, I took the whipped topping out of the freezer and put it in the fridge. I took the cream cheese out of the fridge and put it on the counter. The next morning, I got out the hand beaters and a large bowl, dropped the pineapple in a sieve to drain it, and started mixing. (And truthfully? I only used the sieve to make it look super cute in photos. I usually drain fruit by opening the lid, then pressing the lid into the can really hard, while letting juice pour out into the sink.) I plopped the whole mixture in the crust, covered it with the plastic cover that comes with the crust, and put in the fridge.

Clean up included 1 bowl, 1 large spoon, beaters, and measuring cup. And a sieve and small bowl, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Easy. Peasy.

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I let mine chill for a couple hours. Could you eat it right away if you were in a hurry?  Yeah, you could.

Could you make individual servings to help them chill faster? Absolutely. Skip the prepared crust, and drop some graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of each of 6 serving dishes, then add a big old spoonful of the cheesecake to each dish.  For this, I would buy extra whipped topping, so that you can also top each one with a spoonful of it. You can even garnish with extra crumbs, if you want. Or a cherry. Or my favorite garnish… nothing.

I’m so boring.

But guess what?  With just 6 ingredients, and less than 10 minutes, you have a dessert that you can give your family after dinner. It might buy you 5 more minutes of face time with your kids. It might be a way to turn a boring night into something a little more special or fun. It might be a good bribe to get the dishes done. It might even be a midnight treat for after the kids are in bed.

There are a thousand ways for easy food to suit your life. I would much rather spend my time talking with my family rather than cooking for them, so unless your family is in the kitchen cooking with you, don’t feel bad about making that time as quick and efficient as possible.

So yes, I’m going to use cake mixes. And pudding mixes. And Cool Whip. I’m going to choose a no-bake cheesecake over a baked one. I’m going to choose a drop cookie over a cut-out. And I’m going to share all of them with you.

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If you’re agreeing with me, you’re in the right place.  There are lots of great easy dessert recipes here already. My recipe index sections are at the top of the page if you want to start sifting through them now. If you want to get more easy dessert and snack recipes like this in your inbox, you can sign up for this email list, and each and every new recipe will show up in your inbox as they are published.  If that’s too much for you, this email list is where I share a very short list of 2-3 good recipes, from me and other awesome sources, every Monday.  I mean, most Mondays. The Mondays I don’t forget.  Because that happens.

Leave me a comment below with your thoughts, and then go eat some cheesecake!

 

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Easy Pineapple Cheesecake Recipe
 
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A simple no-bake cheesecake with pineapple.
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Recipe type: No-Bake Dessert
Serves: 6 slices
Ingredients
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened *(see notes)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 8 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 small (3 oz) box lemon flavored gelatin mix (unprepared)
  • 2 cans (8 oz each) crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 prepared 9-inch graham cracker crust
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, whip cream cheese, sugar, and whipped topping until creamy and smooth.
  2. Add in dry jello and mix well. Add in drained pineapple and mix well.
  3. Pour mixture into graham cracker crust. Chill for 2 hours or more before serving. Cut into 6 slices.
Notes
*Only use regular full-fat cream cheese in a brick. Low fat, fat free, or whipped cream cheese products have a higher water content which may have a drastic effect on this recipe.

Chocolate Cheesecake

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Chocolate Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Rich, decadent, and chocolatey!Some days I think I should turn this blog into a chocolate-only blog.  I mean, I love coconut and peanut butter, and caramel and nuts, and all the rest, but when it comes right down to it, chocolate is my first love.

I know, I know, it’s so cliche.  Roses are my favorite flower, and Christmas is my favorite holiday, and chocolate is my favorite sweet flavor.

Does that make me boring?  I hope not.  Because this cheesecake is anything but.

I really don’t make honest-to-goodness real baked cheesecake much.  They are time consuming and fussy, but oh, so amazingly rich and delicious.  I don’t even own a springform pan.  I had to borrow one from a friend.

Although, after making this cheesecake I think I’m going to need to get one right away.

Chocolate Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Rich, decadent, and chocolatey!

To make this cheesecake, I started with my great-grandfather’s recipe.  He used to love to experiment in the kitchen, and as he lived alone and next door to us for many years, we were often the grateful recipients of the results of those experiments.

He made all kinds of things.  He grew his own dill and cucumbers and made homemade dill pickles, a process that took about three days.  And I remember him giving me peanut butter and bacon on toast.  (He was kind of a bacon fiend.)  But the cheesecake was kind of his signature piece.

We knew him as Grandpa Chuck, but when he was cooking, he preferred Chowhound Charlie, making the official title of this recipe “Chowhound Charlie’s New York Cheesecake.”

Chocolate Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Rich, decadent, and chocolatey!Chocolate Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Rich, decadent, and chocolatey!

Don’t skimp on the ingredients here.  You’ll need three bricks of cream cheese and 4 bars of chocolate.

It’s so rich and creamy, a small slice is probably plenty.  In the recipe below, I listed the yield as 8 slices, but we cut it into 10 and it would be totally acceptable to even make it 12 small slices.

A small slice is enough to make you remember that chocolate really is the best!

 

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Chocolate Cheesecake
 
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A rich chocolate cheesecake with chocolate cookie crumb crust and ganache topping.
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Recipe type: Cheesecake
Serves: 8
Ingredients
CRUST:
  • 2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs (I used crushed Oreos, with the filling removed)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
CHEESECAKE:
  • 24 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
GANACHE TOPPING:
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
Instructions
  1. For crust, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press into a 9-inch springform pan, and chill in the fridge or freezer while you make the cheesecake filling.
  2. For cheesecake, beat soft cream cheese with eggs and sugar until creamy. Add sugar, vanilla, sour cream, and cornstarch, and mix well.
  3. Roughly chop the chocolate and place in a small bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted. Add melted chocolate to cheesecake mixture, and mix well, until chocolate is completely incorporated.
  4. Pour filling into chilled crust. Bake at 325F for 1 hour. Then, turn off oven and let the cheesecake sit in the oven for an additional 1 hour before removing. DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR or disturb cheesecake in any way during this time.
  5. For ganache topping: Roughly chop 4 oz. chocolate. Place chocolate and cream in a double boiler or heat proof bowl over boiling water. Heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is well combined and smooth, stirring constantly.
  6. Pour ganache over cheesecake. Let chill several hours in the fridge.
  7. Before serving, use a knife to loosen edges from the pan, undo the spring and remove the ring. Slice into 8-12 slices, and top with sweetened whipped cream, if desired.

Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies

These blackberry marble cheesecake brownies are a delicious way to celebrate cheesecake day!

Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com for National Cheesecake DayIt’s family reunion season.  My family only gets together every other year, since we are spread all over the country, and this is the week it’s happening.

One thing this family gets right is the food.  Last time, 2 years ago, we had a Rice Krispie Treat contest.  This started when I mentioned that Scotcheroos are the best thing ever, and my cousin vehemently disagreed, and a lengthy RKT trash-talk conversation ensued.  We decided to take the battle to the family reunion.

And then neither of us won.

But the contest was loads of fun, not to mention loads of calories.

This year, the family reunion bake-off is a brownie contest, and the trash-talking cousin and I are both determined to avenge our previous losses.

To that end, I’ve been auditioning brownie recipes right and left.  This one was actually the suggestion of one of my Facebook fans.  Thanks, by the way, dear Facebook fan who suggested this.  Because it was an excellent suggestion.  Really, really, really excellent.

Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com for National Cheesecake Day

Don’t be surprised if you see more brownie recipes on here in the coming weeks.  Trust me, it’s not easy to find a winning brownie that can beat my talented cousins and aunts.

If you’re at all curious about this contest (because everyone is super interested in someone else’s family reunion photos, right?) I’m sure I’ll be posting the up-to-the-minute info on Instagram.  If I have a cell signal, that is.  We’re kind of out in the boonies this year.

My favorite thing about this brownie recipe, besides the blackberries of course, is that it is also a cheesecake recipe.  Which is totally appropriate, since today is National Cheesecake Day!

Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies from JensFavoriteCookies.com for National Cheesecake Day

Woot!  Woot!  Let’s hear it for cheesecake!

There’s a bunch of awesome bloggers making cheesecake for you today.  That’s the kind of friends we are.  Friends who make cheesecake, then post photos.  Then eat the cheesecake ourselves.  (Self-discipline is totally overrated.)

Scroll to the bottom for all the cheesecake recipes:

 

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Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
Brownie Layer:
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
Cheesecake layer:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • about 3 oz. fresh blackberries
Instructions
  1. For brownie layer: Combine butter and chocolate in a bowl, and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until chocolate and butter are both melted and combined.
  2. Add sugar and mix well. Add vanilla and eggs and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined. Spread most of the batter into a 9x9 pan, reserving a small amount of batter.
  4. For cheesecake layer, combine cream cheese and sugar in a small bowl. Add egg and mix well.
  5. Place the berries in a small dish, and use a fork to gently mash. Pour mashed berries into cream cheese mixture, and mix very gently. To give brownies a swirled look, DO NOT overmix!
  6. Add cream cheese mixture on top of brownie batter in the 9x9 pan. Place remaining brownie batter in pieces on top. Use a knife to swirl the top.
  7. Bake at 350F for 45-60 minutes, until edges are dry and slightly browned, and a knife inserted in the center of the cheesecake layer comes out clean.

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Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites

These chocolate covered cheesecake bites are a fun and tasty treat!  Take this cheesecake bites recipe to the next level by dipping it in chocolate.

Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.comI always have mixed feelings about the end of the school year.  I love the routine of the school year, but the end of the year always feels like we are stumbling toward the finish line, gasping for air.

The Hippie Chick, with one week of school left, came home with about 5 days worth of math homework that she had apparently been saving up for a special occasion.  We had to cancel our family tv-watching night because at bedtime she was only about 2 pages into a 20 page math marathon.

And this girl hates math.  Which probably explains why she had been procrastinating so much.

Explaining math to her literally puts the whole family on edge.  Robb and I have to tag team the job, to avoid going postal on the family.  Not even the dog escaped punishment.

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It was lucky for her I made a batch of chocolate dipped cheesecake squares to nibble on through the evening.  They kept us both sane.

They don’t bother her new braces either, so double bonus.

Dipping things in chocolate is all the rage.  It’s like the trend that never goes out of style, because it’s always awesome.  I dipped these mints in chocolate.  And these peanut butter Buckeyes.

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It’s kind of fun to keep these little snacks in the fridge.  When the family comes home, fruitlessly searches the kitchen, and inevitably opens the fridge, they give you some oohs-and-aahs when they see bite-sized chocolate candies.

Then they eat a couple, walk away, walk back, eat a couple more, and before you know it, your hard work has disappeared into someone’s stomach.

Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com

But the ups outweigh the downs.  Unlike math homework.

Now I’m kind of looking forward to the end of the school year.

 

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Chocolate Covered Cheesecake Bites
 
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Simple cheesecake, cut into squares and dipped in chocolate.
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Recipe type: Candy
Serves: 35-45 squares
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • about 1 pound chocolate
Instructions
  1. Melt butter, combine with graham cracker crumbs. Press into the bottom of a 9x9 pan.
  2. Combine cream cheese with sugar, egg, flour, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Carefully pour on top of graham cracker crust, and spread evenly.
  3. Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes, until edges are brown. Let cool completely. (After cooling, I recommend freezing cheesecake for 30-60 minutes to make dipping easier.)
  4. Melt chocolate in the microwave, in 30 second intervals, stirring between each.
  5. Cut cheesecake into small squares, about 1.5 to 2 inches. Carefully dip cheesecake squares into melted chocolate, removing any excess. Place on a sheet pan lined with wax paper or parchment paper. Chill for about 15 minutes to set.
  6. Store in refrigerator, but these are best served at room temperature.

 

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Recipe for chocolate cream cheese cake;  A layer of cheesecake atop a layer of dark chocolate cake is what makes this chocolate cream cheese cake recipe special.

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Bars from Jen's Favorite CookiesMy friend says all her actions fall into one of two categories: the math test or the good book.

The math test is stuff we have to do.  The good book is something we want to do.

The problem with food blogging is that sometimes the stuff I love and enjoy doing turns into something I have to do.  Stuff like social media, and writing, and of course, baking.

Today the sun came out, I woke up in a good mood, and it was time to bake something fun… just for fun.

Which doesn’t stop me from sharing it with you.  Because, honestly?  That’s my favorite part.

Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Bars from Jen's Favorite Cookies

So here’s what I did.  I made a super delicious dark chocolate sheet cake.  It would have been enough by itself.  I didn’t used to like dark chocolate, but these days I can’t get enough.

But I can’t leave well enough alone.  Not me.

I found some cream cheese in the fridge just begging to be baked with, and I figured my chocolate cake would taste amazing with a little cheesecake on top.

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I was right, by the way.  Cheesecake and dark chocolate cake is a winning combination.  Winning.

It’ll make you feel like you’re reading a good book.

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Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
 
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A layer of dark chocolate cake topped with a layer of chocolate chip cheesecake.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
CAKE:
  • 10 T. butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup dark cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
CHEESECAKE:
  • 12 T. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ⅔ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt and soda. Mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder and boiling water. Add cocoa mixture to dough and mix well.
  4. Add milk and flour alternately. Mix until combined.
  5. Pour batter into a jelly roll pan, which has been greased or lined. Bake at 350F for about 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare cheesecake layer by mixing cream cheese, egg, and sugar until smooth. Mix in half of the chocolate chips.
  7. Pour cream cheese mixture over cake, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with remaining chips, then return to oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
  8. Let cool before cutting into bars.

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Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars

Apple cheesecake bars recipe; An almond and cold cereal crust makes this apple cheesecake bars recipe truly unique.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Post Pebbles, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PostWalgreens http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

Apple Pie Cheesecake BarsIt’s been a rough week around here.  Everyone, and I do mean everyone, in this little family has been sick.

Fortunately for us, Robb got sick before the rest of us, and is now able to take care of us without worry of catching this horrible flu.  This stupid thing knocked me flat on my back for an entire week so far.  It will probably be more than that when it’s all said and done.

Honestly, it’s kind of nice to have this blog to voice my thoughts, because I’m certainly not voicing anything out loud today.

You know what you do when everyone is sick?  You buy paper plates.  And plastic spoons.  And lots and lots of cold cereal.

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I told my kids they have no imagination when it comes to cold cereal.  All they do, day in and day out, is pour it in a bowl and cover it with milk.  It’s a tragedy, when you think about it, because there is so much more that can be done with it!

To prove my point, I turned my box of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds into a crust for these cheesecake bars.

Well, I didn’t use the whole box for the crust.  The rest of it will probably be poured into bowls and covered with milk.

By the way, if you hurry, you can grab your own box of Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds (or another Post cereal you like) for just $1.99 at Walgreens.  Pretty good deal, I think.

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Nothing against apples or cheesecake, but I love this crust.  It’s my favorite part.  It’s nutty and sweet, and you would probably never suspect it uses cold cereal as its main ingredient.

Plus, it gives us a fun little treat to snack on between the coughing fits!

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Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
CRUST:
  • 1½ cups Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup flour
CHEESECAKE:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup apple pie filling
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. FOR CRUST: In a food processor or high speed blender, process cereal and almonds together, just until lightly crushed.
  2. Combine cereal mixture with melted butter, sugar, and flour.
  3. Press into the bottom of a 9x9 pan. Bake at 350F for 20-22 min.
  4. FOR CHEESECAKE: While crust is baking, whip cream cheese and sugar until well combined and soft. Add egg and mix well.
  5. Add pie filling and cinnamon and mix well.
  6. Pour over crust, return to oven and bake about 30 minutes, until top is lightly browned.
  7. Let cool before cutting and serving.

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Pumpkin Roll Bars

Easy Pumpkin Bars;  These bars taste just like a pumpkin roll, but without the rolling!  Try these easy pumpkin bars.

easy-pumpkin-barsI love a good pumpkin roll.

My sister-in-law and I usually make 2 every year for Christmas.  We store them in the freezer, bring them out all frozen and wonderful, cut a few slices, plop a big spoonful of fresh whipped cream on top, and savor slowly.

Then we get another slice.

This is one of my favorite Christmas traditions.

The problem is that pumpkin rolls are not particularly easy to make, and they are certainly not easy to make look good.  The cake always cracks, or the frosting squishes out, or our rolling technique fails us, or some other disaster happens to make our pumpkin rolls really not beautiful.

Tasty still, but not beautiful.

I decided it was time I make life easier on myself.  This year, I’m making my pumpkin roll into bars.  This way, I can still get all the pumpkin-and-cream-cheese goodness without the rolling.

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One thing I will say for these bars, they are a touch on the sticky side.  Which isn’t a huge problem for me, because I prefer them frozen anyway. Continue reading “Pumpkin Roll Bars” »

Twix Cheesecake Bars

One of the best cheesecake ideas I have seen, these use candy bars!  With a shortbread crust and Twix and Rolo candies, this is a fun twist on cheesecake bars recipes.

Twix Cheesecake Bars from JensFavoriteCookies.comI think I spent like $25 on candy and junk at the grocery store, just to have an excuse to make these cheesecake bars.

It seems like cheesecake bars are like the cool kid on the block these days.  Everyone is making them.  Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars, Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars, Turtle Cheesecake Bars, Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Bars, Pumpkin Nutmeg Cheesecake Bars… you name it, you can make it into a cheesecake bar.

And weirdly, even though I really enjoy a good cheesecake, and I post practically nothing but dessert recipes on this site, the cheesecake recipes are few and far between here.  It was time this situation came to an end.

Pinterest and I became good friends.  I put “cheesecake bars” in the search bar and oohed and aahed for, well, probably hours.  There really are an amazing number of cheesecake bar recipes out there.

Twix Cheesecake Bars from JensFavoriteCookies.com

I ended up forming my very own creation.  For this amazing creation, I started with a shortbread crust.  I wanted the bar to bear a passing resemblance to a Twix bar, and Continue reading “Twix Cheesecake Bars” »

Easy Cheesecake {Guest Post}

This easy no bake cheesecake recipe is quick and easy to make, with only 4 ingredients! This is one of the best cheesecake recipes I have found.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - All you need is 10 minutes, 3 ingredients, and a graham cracker crust!Parenting is such a bear sometimes, isn’t it?  I mean, you just never know what kind of problem you’ll be dealing with until it slaps you in the face.

Then, just as soon as you start getting the hang of how to deal with some of these common issues, the kids up and grow, and bring you a whole new batch of issues.  And here I am, pining away for the diaper days.

I remember when my son was 4 years old, and one of our “big” issues was his proclivity for nudity, which always came in unexpected moments.  I would leave him for 5 minutes, and come back to find him naked.  I solved this problem by having a quick and quiet little chat about how great nudity is, and how it’s only appropriate in certain places, namely the bathroom and the bedroom.  With the door closed.

I then game him a little alone time in his bedroom, and he decided to stay naked for over THREE HOURS.

The payoff was well worth the investment.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - All you need is 10 minutes, 3 ingredients, and a graham cracker crust!

Having teenagers is far more complicated.  Now we’re getting them prepared for driving (yikes!) and dealing with teachers and grades, and working on financial responsibility, and self-discipline around video games, just to name a few.  Every day is a new challenge, and one I frequently feel unprepared for.

I hate feeling unprepared.  I much prefer to plan ahead.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - All you need is 10 minutes, 3 ingredients, and a graham cracker crust!

I learned a lesson from this cheesecake.  If I keep a few items on hand, I can always have a quick and easy dessert, no matter how unprepared I feel.  Having just a little foresight can save you a ton of worry and stress.

I try to keep just THREE ingredients plus a graham cracker crust on hand, and I can literally mix this up and have it ready to eat in 15 minutes.

Because when you are using every bit of your energy and emotion to get your kids through high school Biology, a no-fuss dessert is a Godsend.

And speaking of parenting, I’m guest posting on Parent Palace today!  I’ve posted the recipe here and also on their site, so feel free to click over there and check out what they have going!

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Eggnog Bars

eggnog cheesecakeIt’s a winter wonderland here today.

Two days ago, it was 65 degrees and sunny, then the wind started blowing (hard!) and it began snowing.  It snowed for a day and a half, solid.

I am neither joking nor exaggerating when I tell you that this weather is completely normal for Utah.  I’m pretty sure Utah is bi-polar.  Can we get the state of Utah some prescription drugs, people?  Please?

I will tell you that when I look out the window and watch it snow and snow, I really feel like baking.  I want to reach for molasses and butter and cinnamon and cream.

And Diet Coke.  Just being honest, here.

eggnog bars

I bought my first jug of eggnog today, too.  Robb really prefers the thinner, homemade variety, but alas, my blender is broken.  And, let’s just say, the next blender I’m planning to own is the type you save up for.   Continue reading “Eggnog Bars” »

Chocolate No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes

Chocolate Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts.  These no bake cheesecakes are simple to make and come in individual servings.

Chocolate no-bake cheesecakesRobb keeps telling me how old he is.  Him: I feel really old right now.  Me: Stop it.

Case in point, we met, or rather glanced, our oldest son’s math teacher recently.  We went to his choir concert, and after the concert his teacher passed by and told him she really enjoyed the concert.  We took her for one of the students.

Robb and Me: Who was that girl?  The Lizard: That was my math teacher.  Robb: I feel really old right now.

Another moment happened recently when Robb decided to revisit the good-old-days and give the Hippie Chick a unicorn pegasus ride to bed.  When she was little, this was a nightly routine.  Robb would get on all fours, Hippie Chick would climb on his back and ceremoniously place a “corn” on his forehead.  Then he would run (crawl) around the house, knocking obstacles out of the way, killing bad guys, and getting his “corn” stuck in trees.  11-year-olds are not nearly as enthralled with the idea of riding a unicorn pegasus as 5-year-olds are.

Robb: It’s a good thing we had kids when we were young.  I’m too old for this.  Me:  You looked good, though.

chocolate cream pie

But nothing makes you feel old as realizing that you have become a fuddy-duddy.  Do you remember when you were a kid and your parents thought all the latest styles and all your amazing fun ideas were ridiculous?  I mean, my parents did NOT understand pegged pants.

My Dad: Your kids are going to make fun of you for this one day.  Me: MY kids would never do any such thing.

My kids had this amazing idea to sleep on the trampoline with their friends… in late October.  We don’t live in Arizona, people.  We live in Utah.  Home of the Winter Olympics.  We explained to them how uncomfortable they would be, but they were not deterred.  We explained that the trampoline is possibly the coldest place in the entire yard to sleep, but they were unconvinced.

Kids: It’s fun, we like it!  Robb and Me: Fine, whatever.  We’ll leave the door open.

The boys made it until about 5:00 am, when the dew hit them.  The girls, to their credit, slept soundly until 9:00 am.

Robb: Why do they even want to do that?  Me: We’re getting really old.

Easy mini cheesecake

To help my quest to feel young again, I made a dessert that is easy and chocolatey and kid-sized.  It feels like a special treat your mom might have left in the fridge for you to discover.  Or maybe it’s the first thing you made in Home Ec in 7th grade.  Or maybe it’s a brilliant idea that you and your best friend had one late night when bored.

I found this amazing Sharffen-Berger chocolate bar called “Milk Nibby,” which is milk chocolate with roasted cacao nibs.  It took all the restraint my adult self could muster to use the entire bar in the dessert and not take a huge bite out of it.  My 12-year-old self would never have been able to withstand the temptation.  This is a 3 oz. bar, but feel free to use whatever brand you want.  I did kind of wish it was a touch more chocolatey, so if your bar is 4 oz, go ahead and use the whole thing.

And then put on your one-piece jammies, watch some cartoons, and dive into your amazing no-bake chocolate and cream cheese creation head first.
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Nutella Cheesecake (No-Bake!)

A simple recipe for a Nutella cheesecake with Oreo crust.

Source:  I think I’m addicted to My Baking Addiction.

Yield: 4-6 servings, I made 5.

I seriously love summer.  It doesn’t make much sense, because I prefer not to be seen in a swimsuit, and I am way more comfortable wearing a sweater or jacket over my blouse, and shaving my legs is way down my list of priorities.

But, I love the sun.  I love the way it feels, I love the light, and I love the heat.

Well, I love air conditioning.  And, I love heat in small doses.

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Marbled Lime Cheesecake Bars

A recipe for a beautiful cheesecake bar swirled with lime curd.

Source: A recipe by  Heather at Sprinkle Bakes, which was guest-posted on Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.

Yield: 12 large bars

Regular readers of this blog have heard me mention Pinterest several times recently.  I’ve been trolling some wonderful food blogs, and happily pinning my favorite recipes, saving them for later use.  I have a pin board just for cookies, another for other desserts, one for breakfast, and a fourth for other foods.  If you want a preview of coming attractions on this blog, just visit these boards!  I can almost guarantee my next recipe is there somewhere.  This week, however, Pinterest told me something interesting.

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